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August 9, 2023

Job Opening: LTE Library Assistant

If you are customer service driven, have excellent organizational skills, and experience working with library materials, we encourage you to apply for the LTE Library Assistant position at the Wisconsin Court System. The David T. Prosser Jr State Law Library, located in the Risser Justice Center, is seeking candidates for the Library Assistant Limited Term Employee (LTE) position. The successful applicant must be available to fill the 20 hour per week morning schedule. The required schedule is 8:30AM- 12:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

July 14, 2023

New Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions July 2023

The July 2023 release of the Civil and Criminal jury instructions are now available at https://wilawlibrary.gov/jury

Civil jury instruction updates include the following instructions. Download release 55 to update your print sets. 

  • NEW 430 A party's presence not required at trial
  • 1090 Driver on Arterial Approaching Intersection: Lookout; Right of Way; Flashing Yellow Signal
  • 1153 Right of Way: At Intersection with Through Highway
  • 1155 Right of Way: At Intersections of Highways
  • 1157 Right of Way: At Intersection of Highways: Ultimate Verdict Question
  • 1158 Right of Way: To Pedestrian Crossing at Controlled Intersection 
  • 1160 Right of Way: To Pedestrian at Intersections or Crosswalks on Divided Highways or Highways Provided with Safety Zones 
  • 1165 Right of Way: To Pedestrian at Uncontrolled Intersection or Crosswalk
  • 1190 Right of Way: Green Signal
  • 1191 Duty of Driver Entering Intersection with Green Light in Driver's Favor: Lookout 
  • 1192 Duty of Driver Approaching Intersection When Amber Light Shows
  • 1195 Right of Way: Left Turn at Intersection
  • 1225 Right of Way: Pedestrian's Duty: Crossing at Controlled Intersection or Crosswalk
  • 1354 Turn or Movement: Ascertainment that Turn or Movement Can Be Made with Reasonable Safety: Lookout
  • 3028 Contracts Implied in Law (Unjust Enrichment) 
  • 8060 Adverse Possession Not Founded on Written Instrument (Wis. Stat. § 893.25) 

Criminal jury instruction updates include the following instructions. Download release 62 to update your print sets. 

  • NEW 791 Coercion: Trafficking: Defense for a victim of § 940.302(2) or 948.051 - § 939.46(1m) 
  • NEW 791 Example Coercion: Trafficking: Defense for a victim of § 940.302(2) or 948.051 - § 939.46(1m) 
  • 600 Introductory Comment: Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect: Instructions for the "Bifurcated" Trial and Reexamination
  • 700 Law Note: Theory of Defense Instructions
  • 800 Privilege: Self-Defense: Force Less Than That Likely to Cause Death or Great Bodily Harm 
  • 801 Privilege: Self-Defense: Force Less Than That Likely to Cause Death or Great Bodily Harm: Crimes Involving Recklessness or Negligence 
  • 805 Privilege: Self-Defense: Force Intended or Likely to Cause Death or Great Bodily Harm
  • 805A Law Note: Self-defense under § 939.48(1m)
  • 820 Privilege: Self-Defense: Injury to Third Party Charged as Reckless or Negligent Crime
  • 821 Privilege: Self-Defense: Unintended Harm to Third Party Charged as Intentional Crime
  • 950 Privilege: Discipline by a Person Responsible for the Welfare of a Child
  • 1021 First Degree Reckless Homicide
  • 2114A Example Repeated Acts of Physical Abuse of a Child 
  • 2666A Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of any Combination of an Intoxicant and any other Drug to a Degree that Renders Him or Her Incapable of Safely Driving
  • SM-16 Collateral Attack on Prior Convictions
  • SM-50 Competency to Proceed 
Blank pages have been inserted to make double sided printing easier. File new and updated instructions, along with the updated statutory comparative table and index in your print set. Complete printable files of each instruction set and finding aids are also available for those who need to print a complete set. Download them at https://wilawlibrary.gov/jury

For information on the status of the Committee's work, please contact Bryce Pierson at bryce.pierson@wicourts.gov.

Job Opening: Program Associate (Madison)

The Wisconsin State Law Library is seeking a Program Associate to provide high-level administrative support that directly assists the department manager in the overall day-to-day operation of the Library.

June 8, 2023

Public computers & wifi scheduled maintenance

On Thursday, June 8, 2023, there will be scheduled maintenance on the David T. Prosser Jr. Library's public computers and wireless internet. We anticipate that these will be unavailable from approximately 3 PM to 4 PM. Please ask a librarian for help with online research during that time. 

May 3, 2023

Job Opening: LTE Library Assistant (Madison)

If you are customer service driven, have excellent organizational skills, and experience working with library materials, we encourage you to apply for the LTE Library Assistant position at the Wisconsin Court System.

Learn more and apply: LTE Library Assistant

March 14, 2023

Researching Wisconsin's Budget

The Governor's 2023-25 Wisconsin state budget proposal was introduced in February 2023. Since then, budget-related information has been added or updated in several research sources. Our Wisconsin State Budget Process research guide includes current links to detailed information about the budget process. 

Drafts of the budget are not yet available on the Wisconsin State Legislature's website. However, budget drafts can be viewed in person at the Legislative Reference Bureau in downtown Madison. Check out our updated research guide for overviews of the budget process, the 2023-25 Executive Budget, and resources to help you stay current.

Wisconsin State Budget Process research guide


March 6, 2023

Job Opening: Library Assistant

If you have experience processing library materials, have excellent organizational skills, and are customer service driven, we encourage you to apply for the Library Assistant position at the Wisconsin Court System. This position is at the David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library. Learn more & apply

January 27, 2023

Job Opening: LTE Library Associate (Milwaukee County)

If you have exceptional customer service skills and a desire for continued learning, we encourage you to apply for the Limited Term Employment (LTE) Library Associate position at the Wisconsin Court System. This job is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Milwaukee County Law Library. 


This position is open until filled. 

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